First Lady Dana Y. Wilson

Executive Director of Mt Calvary CDC

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Ms. Wilson is an non-profit administrator with more than 25 years of professional experience in​ the corporate and non-profit arenas. Ms. Wilson helped to bring in $6 million in grant awards to schools and nonprofits in NJ. She has written grants for capital campaigns, program support, and general support/operating expenses. She has managed grants as large as $800,000 over a two-year period. She has experience with government, corporate and foundation grants. 


Ms. Wilson is the former Director /Grant Writer for the Mercer County Educational Technology Training Center for teachers, an initiative of the NJ Department of Education. She also has 8 years of journalism experience at Dow Jones, Star-Ledger and two other newspapers. 

Ms. Wilson previously worked as a Grant Writer / Social Media for Greater Bergen Community Action, Inc., a $30 million nonprofit with more than 500 employees.  She also served as the Director of Development for the YWCA of CNJ in Plainfield and Unified Vailsburg Services Organization in Newark, NJ with a budget of $8 million, more than 200 employees, and more than 1,200 daily clients.   She is the current and founding state secretary of the NJ Chapter of the Grant Professionals Association. She also serves on the website/social media and conference committees.​

Ms. Wilson received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida in journalism and has taken additional graduate coursework at Rutgers University, focusing on nonprofit management and urban studies.  She is the First Lady of Mt Calvary Baptist Church in Jersey City, where her husband Rev. Steven A. Wilson is pastor. She previously served for 20 years as a trustee at St. Matthew Baptist Church in Roselle, N.J., where Rev. David Ford Sr. is Senior Pastor. She previously served as the President of the Women's Ministry, financial secretary, and webmaster. She is also the proud mother of a son and daughter.  

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